TITLE

'A Constant Prodigy?' Empirical Views of an Unordinary Nature

AUTHOR(S)
Carter, Christopher
PUB. DATE
October 2008
SOURCE
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2008, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p265
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In the seventeenth century, unusual events which ran counter to the regular course of nature defied both efforts at organisation by natural historians and offered the potential for radical political interpretations that challenged the status quo. Efforts to constrain the revolutionary possibilities of prodigies engaged the scientific and political realms in an attempt to bring regularity and stability to both worlds. However, rather than 'naturalising' prodigies, empirical philosophers recognised the analogy between the contingent aspects in their empirical view of the world and the arbitrary occurrence of prodigies, thus treating nature itself as a prodigious rather than strictly mechanical.
ACCESSION #
40925108

 

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